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Looks like we're in for another blow job.

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Gathering strength at a record pace, Hurricane Wilma grew into the most intense Atlantic storm ever recorded Wednesday — a Category 5 monster with 175 mph winds that is expected to make landfall somewhere on Florida’s west coast by late Saturday and then possibly make course for New England.

“People need to be prepared. Get ready for this,� said police Chief Bill Mauldin of Key West, a vulnerable city at the tip of the low-lying Florida Keys island chain.

The National Hurricane Center — which bases a storm’s strength on barometric pressure, not wind speed — said Wilma’s pressure had dropped to 882 millibars, the lowest minimum pressure ever measured in a hurricane in the Atlantic basin. Pressure drops as a hurricane gains strength, and the previous record was set by Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 at 888 millibars. Center meteorologist Hugh Cobb said Wilma also set a record for the most rapid strengthening ever recorded in a hurricane.

But Cobb added that Wilma wasn’t expected to keep its record strength for long, as higher disruptive atmospheric winds in the Gulf of Mexico should weaken it before landfall.

Still, forecasters warned the storm was “extremely dangerous.�

Early Wednesday, Wilma's hurricane force winds extended just 15 miles from the eye but by 11 a.m. ET that had widened to 50 miles. In addition, tropical storm force winds extend 160 miles out.

“This is going to become an even larger hurricane sizewise and wherever it strikes ... it will have an impact over a very, very large area,� National Hurricane Center Director Max Mayfield told a news conference Wednesday.

“We could have a very, very high storm surge� on Florida’s west coast, he warned.

Mayfield said that Wilma, after crossing Florida, could make its way north to New England, much of which is saturated from recent flooding.

Mayfield added that it was still to early to estimate where along Florida’s west coast Wilma would make landfall.

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ThrillKill - 10/19/2005 1:57 PM
Wilma grew into the most intense Atlantic storm ever recorded Wednesday — a Category 5 monster with 175 mph winds that is expected to make landfall somewhere on Florida’s west coast by late Saturday and then possibly make course for New England.
God's probably aiming at punishing the slow ass left lane hoggers caddy drivers in Florida! Good, I'm going there soon.

After that, it's pure evil on his part, he's already destroyed the Red Sox chances at a repeat, the short lived Patriot's Dinasty. He may have felt he did not get his point a cross (sic(k)) ?

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maybe where i'm born will be erased.........

i'm from Cape Coral/ Ft. Myers.......10 Mi south of Punta Gorda...............

last time, Charlie, i was down there, and they said on the radio "its coming right for us", and that the Sanibel Island Causeway would be erased.........

i got in my car, and drove inland to the Boat-ramp, at lake okechobee (big ass lake, in the middle of the state), parked the car facing into the wind, cranked up the radio, to hear reports, and spent 7 hours sitting in there, consuming herbs, and waiting it out.....

upon my return, I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH DARKNESS IN MY LIFE! No Power, it was great, like goin 100 years back in time......when everything was peaceful nature there.....before we came along and turned it all into an ASPHALT PARKING LOT!
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